Div 4 Central grand final preview

By Grant Hitzman

It is never easy for an underdog to knock-out a heavyweight.

And tonight’s David and Goliath battle between Zilmere and Yeronga in the  Division 4 Central grand final is no exception.

Yeronga will have to overcome all the odds to knock off the heavily favoured Eagles, who have been in scintillating form throughout the entirety of 2013.

Zillmere have been the competition’s powerhouse from the get-go, their intensity, poise and quality of play suffocating even the most established opposition.

They have thrashed every team in their path on the way to a remarkable 19-0 record, no team coming close to knocking the seemingly invincible Eagles of their perch.

The Eagles 19-0 record includes three crushing wins against their grand final rivals, Yeronga, who haven’t been able to adapt to Zillmere’s aggressive and intense style of play.

The bad news only gets worse for Yeronga, as Zillmere have thrashed seven teams by 100+ points this season and have only conceded an average of 21 points per game.

Clearly, Yeronga will need to conquer some staggering statistics if they have any chance of snapping the Eagles winning streak tomorrow night.

It isn’t all doom and gloom for Yeronga, who have had a very respectable 15-5 record of their own, as well as numerous wins against quality competition.

They stumbled against Zillmere in the qualifying final before hammering Jimboomba by 45-points to earn their grand final spot and have one last crack at the Eagles.

Chris Ryan has been superb for Yeronga since his return from injury, booting 20 goals in his last 4 outings. He could provide the much needed X-factor come Friday night.

Zillmere will head into tomorrow night’s game as nearly unbackable favourites, hoping to finish the year with a premiership and a perfect 20-0 record.

Anything can happen in sport however, Yeronga hoping to cause the upset of the season.

The decider will kick-off tomorrow night at 7:00pm at Giffin Park, Coorparoo.

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